The Usui Reiki Principle
“Just for today, I will be grateful.
Just for today, I will not anger.
Just for today, I will not worry.
Just for today, I will do my work honestly.
Just for today, I will respect all life.”
Usui reiki was founded by Mikao Usui. Because Mikao Usui is a Buddhist monk, reiki also has the Buddhist Eightfold Path incorporated into its conscious and subconscious foundation. The Eightfold Path is the steps to balance wisdom, ethics/compassion, and mindfulness/meditative awareness.
Buddhists also believe in living in the present. Since the present is less than a microsecond in duration, it takes a great deal of mindfulness to focus on truly living. You’ll notice that every line of the Usui Reiki Principle begins with “Just for today…” It reminds us all to live in the present.
Lastly, Buddhists believe that when something is given, it should be given without attachments. The giver should have no intentions, the gift should have no stings attached, and the receiver should feel no obligation as the gift was given freely.
How does all the above Buddhist principles relate to reiki?
When a reiki practioner gives the gift of the universe’s energy, it should be given without desire or ego. The universe’s energy does not belong to one person, but it belongs to all people, places, things, and deities. It is not the practioners to give. The practioner is only there as an empty vessel or channel for the universe’s energy to flow through. Likewise, the receiver of the universe’s energy should realize that it was not the practioner that healed them; it was the universe’s energy.
If the universe’s energy is free and belongs to everyone, why do I have to pay for a reiki session/initiation?
To greatly paraphrase: after discovering reiki, Mikao Usui spent many years healing the people that lived on the streets. One day, he noticed that some of the people he healed, came back to live on the streets. When he asked them why they had come back, they replied that it was easier. Mikao Usui learned an important lesson that day. If a person does not take an active responsibility and participate in their own healing process, then they will never be permanently healed. Part of the reason why practioners charge is to compensation for their time. The other and more important reason why practioners charge is because an exchange helps insure the client is taking a serious, active participation in their healing process. The amount or exchange charged should be fair and honest.
What prevents the illness from infecting the practioner?
Since the gift of the universe’s energy was given without the ego of the practioner, the flow of energy is only in one direction. This protects the client and the practioner during the reiki session as well as creates a positive environment for the healing session.
Can you harm a person by performing reiki on them?
Only in rare cases can a person be harmed while performing reiki. For instance, this could occur if the healing was perform on a bone that has not been set properly by a health care professional. The bone, if healed in the broken position, will have to be re-broken and set properly. Similarly, persons with spines that are misaligned should always seek a health care profession’s help prior to receiving reiki.
“How can a chakra blockage cause an illness?”
Along with blood, ions, oxygen, and nutrients circulating through the body, energy also flows through the main electrical/nerve pathways through the body. If for any reason such as a trauma or blockage, the energy cannot flow through a particular area of the body, then the body does not have enough energy to function properly. Prolonged energy deficiency will eventually cause illness or organ dysfunction in the area of the trauma or blockage.
Should I fast prior to my treatment or initiation?
It is not necessary to fast prior to a treatment or initiation. With that said, the purpose of fasting is to arrive at the session cleansed and with the mind set to actively participate. This can be achieved through various methods other than fasting. These methods include eating a vegetarian diet and drinking plenty of water the day of the session, eating only light meals (heavy in fiber) and drinking plenty of water two days before the session, meditation and cleansing bath, or just coming with a positive attitude. Do whatever you feel is appropriate for you.
What should I wear to my treatment or initiation?
You should always wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing that works well for both sitting or lying down. Some practioners may also prefer that you remove all jewelry. The second is more of a personal preference for the practioner.
What is a healing crisis?
A healing crisis can occur after an initiation or healing session. Most of the time after a session (90% of the time), a person will feel relaxed and uplifted. However, sometimes a person will have what is called a ‘healing crisis’. As a person’s vibration goes up, toxins that have been stored in the body will be released into the blood stream to be filtered by the liver and kidneys to be removed from the system. When this happens, sometimes a person can get a headache, feel generally bad, or come down with a cold for the next three days. If this happens, it is a good idea to drink more water, eat lighter meals and get plenty of rest. The body is cleansing as part of the healing process. This is a great sign! That person should continue to receive reiki treatments to help flush out the toxins and speed the healing/cleansing process.
All attunements follow the same basic ritual, but the variations in the ritual are due to the level of attunement which directly corresponds to the number of symbols drawn into the student’s hands.
Usui Reiki Attunements
Usui Reiki has three levels of attunement: Level 1 Practioner, Level 2 Practioner, and Master Teacher. The difference between the levels is that each level gives the practioner an additional ability.
Level 1 Practioner
Level 1 Practioner gives the student the ability to channel universe’s life energy, and the student learns the two basic symbols: Cho Ku Rei and Sei He Ki.
Level 2 Practioner
Level 2 Practioners are given the first two symbols again, but this time as double symbols that created doorways or sacred space. In addition to double Cho Ku Rei and double Sei He Ki, the student is also taught the symbol, Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen, which allows the student to send universe’s life energy across the distance of time and space.
This level gives the students the four master symbols placed in their hands and allows them the ability to attune other students. These additional four symbols are Usui Di Ko Myo, Tibetian Di Ko Mio, Nin Giz Zida, and Raku.
To read more about Buddhism and meditation, I would recommend the following books:
- Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das
- Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator’s Handbook by Ajahn Brahm
- Magick of Reiki: Focused Energy for Healing, Ritual, & Spiritual Development by Christopher Penczak.